Publication Date:

01 Jan 1998


Newman RD, Gloyd S, Nyangezi JM, Machobo F, Muiser J. (1998) Satisfaction with outpatient health care services in Manica Province, Mozambique. Health Policy Planning. 1998;13(2):174-80.



The objective of the study was to describe ambulatory health care services, determine the level of client satisfaction, and identify obstacles to care in a rural area of Mozambique. Exit surveys at 34 health clinics in Manica Province were completed on a sample of 879 adults representing between 1% and 2% of the average monthly visit totals at each clinic. Eighty-three per cent of interviewees were women. Just over half of the visits were for paediatric patients. Men were more likely to be at the clinic for their own health care needs than women (81% vs. 40%, p < 0.001). Of patients seen for acute illness, 45% were examined, 22% received preventive education, and 23% received prognostic information. Overall, 55% of interviewees believed that the service they received was good or very good, 32% rated it as fair, and 13% as poor. Satisfaction was positively associated with increased training level of the provider (p < 0.005), and shorter waiting times (p < 0.001). The most common complaints about the clinic visits were lack of adequate transportation, long waiting times, lack of physical examinations, and failure to receive prescribed medications. These findings suggest that the majority of Mozambicans interviewed are moderately satisfied with the available outpatient services in Manica. Provider training, provider availability and distribution of medicines were areas identified by respondents as needing improvement.  

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